Category Archives: Music

August 29, 2014

Mackenzie Bourg Interview

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Mackenzie_BourgSinger Mackenzie Bourg

Are you a fan of the show The Voice? If you are, you’re probably familiar with Mackenzie Bourg. Mackenzie has a very impressive story–before competing on the show, he spent two months in the hospital due to a heart condition. He went on to make it all the way to the last round of the show! Right now, the 21-year-old singer/songwriter from Louisiana is making waves with his catchy pop music. Have you heard his song ”Impossible Things?” Click on the title to take a listen!

We were able to ask the rising star some questions about what he does, and more. Check it out! Continue reading

August 22, 2014

Madison Beer Interview

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Madison BeerMeet Madison Beer, Internet singing star!

15-year-old Madison Beer got her first big break when Justin Bieber tweeted one of her videos to his millions of followers, and since then she has been working on her first studio album (oh, yeah, and she also recorded “Valentine” with Cody Simpson. Whaaaaat?!). We chatted with Madison about singing, books, her most embarrassing moment, and more.

Q: What advice would you give to young artists if they wanted to get into the music business? Continue reading

May 30, 2014

MKTO Interview

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MKTOInterview with pop duo MKTO!

I have to admit I’m a little late jumping aboard the MKTO train. But now I am SUCH a fan. They’re awesome! I’ve been listening to “Classic” on repeat nonstop for the past three days. I think I might have a problem!

Anyway, MKTO is comprised of Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller, who met on the set of the TV show Gigantic. After playing best friends on the show, they became real-life friends and realized that they wanted to make music together. Their debut album dropped earlier this year and it is GREAT!

MKTO has opened for Emblem3 and they are now embarking on their first headlining tour. Catch our super-exclusive interview here! Continue reading

May 23, 2014

R5 Interview

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r5Introducing Ross Lynch and his band!

Last Friday we asked you, the lovely people of the STACKS, whose interview you wanted for this week’s celebrity blog post. Thanks for voting! While there was pretty stiff competition, there was definitely a clear winner: this week’s pick is R5! We caught up with the band to talk about being on tour, Earth Day, and (of course) new music! Check it out. Continue reading

April 4, 2014

Janelle Monae Interview

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janellemInterview with Janelle Monae

It’s no secret that I am a very, very big Janelle Monae fan. Her music just makes me want to get up and boogie, and her style is awesome. (I wish I looked that cool in a suit.) This April, she’s making her big screen debut . . . in Rio 2! Did you see the first Rio movie? It was pretty funny, and I’m definitely glad there’s a sequel! We were super-fortunate to get this interview with the singer (and now voice actress). Check it out! Continue reading

March 7, 2014

Chloe and Halle Bailey Interview

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Chloe and Halley BaileyInterview with The Next Big Thing winners Chloe and Halle Bailey

We’re big fans of Radio Disney’s The Next Big Thing winners 15-year-old Chloe and (almost) 14-year-old Halle Bailey! The sister duo have been impressing listeners around the world with their incredible singing abilities, performing on Austin & Ally, and even getting props from Beyoncé (!!!) for their cover of her music. In this interview, the two girls talk about what it was like winning N.B.T., their favorite books, and why it’s important to have great self-esteem. Check it out (and be sure to read our interview with another N.B.T. favorite Becky G)! Continue reading

January 17, 2014

Cody Simpson Interview!

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Cody-Simpson-Surfers-Paradise-2013-1200x1200Interview with Cody Simpson

It’s the dead of winter in New York and SO. COLD. Brrrr! Best cure for wintertime blues? Sunny music! That’s why I’ve been playing Cody Simpson’s “Pretty Brown Eyes” on repeat for the past week. As you know, we are major Cody Simpson fans. (Check out this awesome video of his acoustic performance when he was just starting out!) The Australian singer really brings on the beachy vibes with his latest album, Surfers Paradise, and even if it’s totally frozen outside, just one listen is sure to warm you right up. Read on to find out Cody’s thoughts about homeschooling, travelling the world, and, of course, surfing! Check it out. Continue reading

January 2, 2014

The 2013 Person of the Year Is . . .

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Writing_prompt_generic2013 PERSON OF THE YEAR!

Time Magazine has their Person of the Year, and we now present the first ever . . . STACKS Person of the Year!

Last week, we asked you to nominate the person or group of people that have had the biggest impact in YOUR world in 2013. There were lots of amazing nominations, but the person with the most nominating Comments is . . . Taylor Swift!

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Happy New Year!

November 22, 2013

1D Day with One Direction

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1d_midnightmemoriesOne Direction’s 1D Day is coming! Are you ready?

As many of you probably know, we here at the STACKS absolutely LOVE One Direction! From their first album to This Is Us, we’ve been following their exciting journey to superstardom and loving every minute of it. That’s why we’re super-duper excited that 1D Day is coming.

For those who don’t know what 1D Day is, it’s basically an unofficial One Direction holiday. In celebration of the release of their upcoming album, Midnight Memories, 1D has launched a worldwide movement for their fans. Directioners like you (and me!) can get creative in celebrating 1D Day by making music videos, sharing favorite photos and songs, creating collages, and wearing 1D gear. 1D Day will happen on Saturday, November 23, 2013.1d_midnight

To make the day extra-special, the boys have a lot of really cool stuff planned. One Direction will be holding a seven-hour live video broadcast to connect with fans around the world. They’ve announced that they’re going to try to break a world record every hour (for things like highest toilet paper roll pile)! They’ll also be hanging out with some guests throughout the day: Celine Dion, Simon Cowell, Kelly Rowland, Piers Morgan, The Muppets, Khloe Kardashian, and even Robbie Williams (who used to be in a famous British boyband himself).

Here at the STACKS, we’re taking the opportunity to revisit all of our favorite One Direction activities and posts from the past. Check out our One Direction ABC, and play One Direction “Would You Rather?” with a friend who’s also a fan. If you’re really a Directioner, test your fan knowledge with our One Direction quiz! And don’t forget to check out our awesome interview with 1D.

Are you excited for 1D Day? Will you be participating? How will you show your love for all things One Direction? Share in the Comments below!

– En-Szu, STACKS Staffer

September 26, 2013

Kayla Stockert Answers Your Questions!

Kayla130Kayla Stockert Answers Your Questions!

A few weeks ago, the beautiful and talented 16-year-old songwriter Kayla Stockert checked in to give us some songwriting tips. Many of you left questions for Kayla in the Comments, and here are Kayla’s replies!

DancingLavender38 asks: I am a struggling singer, and I’ve got a big voice, I just don’t know what to do with it.
Kayla: The best advice is to take singing lessons. Learn all the techniques. Even people who professional singers now (like Lady Gaga) still take singing lessons and get coached. I take them and it continues to make my voice stronger. It’s kind of like exercising to keep in shape. Good luck!

Dane says: You look nice.
Kayla: Thank you, Dane!

Victoria says: Amazing!
Kayla: Thank you so much, Victoria! :)

Allie asks: Hi Kayla. You came to my camp but I wanted to ask you what advice you can give about being good at singing and songwriting?
Kayla:
Hey, Allie! I would say that if you really love to sing, just keep practicing every day, and be sure to schedule voice lessons to learn the proper techniques for singing. I still take them, and so do most recording artists. As for songwriting, maybe if you have a feeling one day about something or somebody, write it down right away so you don’t forget. I even sometimes use the voice memo on my phone if I don’t have a pen and I’m thinking of catchy lyrics or a melody. You can ask a friend to help you and you guys can share opinions. Songwriting is hard at first, but like anything else in life, practice makes perfect! Good Luck!

TurquoiseDolphin396 asks: I want to know how to write a good song but I have trouble. Could I have some advice?
Kayla: Hi :) I am going to give you the same advice I gave to Allie in the last question. Songwriting is hard at first, but practice makes perfect! Good luck!

Anonymous asks: When did you know that you wanted to be a singer and follow and achieve your dream?
Kayla:
I have always liked to sing since I was a baby. I started singing at a local street fair when I was 9 and haven’t stopped performing since. I realized very early that I wanted be a singer. I practice every day and have gained so much experience that gets me one step closer to my dream. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world!

Samantha asks: What if your experiences aren’t like everyone else’s? Can you still make a song?
Kayla:
Hi, Samantha! Absolutely. Most songs you hear are about love or heartbreaks, but sometimes you hear songs that don’t have to do with any of those things. If you have an idea/experience for a song, put together the words. You can always go back and change the lyrics. There are always going to be people who identify with your song.

Kyle asked: Who do you think writes the best songs?
Kayla:
 Hi, Kyle! I personally love Taylor Swift as a songwriter. Her lyrics are relatable, and I love the music that goes along with it.

Makayla asks: Are you nervous to perform?
Kayla:
Hi, Makayla! I have moments when I get nervous or anxious about performing. For some strange reason, I get more nervous when my family asks me to sing. I think it’s completely normal to have nerves. Once I’m up there singing, the nerves seem to disappear.

Chloee asks: What makes an award-winning song an award-winning song, and how do I write one?
Kayla:
Well, think of your favorite song. What do you like about it? The music or the lyrics can all be factors on what makes it popular and successful. Although award shows in general are subjective, in my opinion, a song that is relatable to people and catchy should be award-winning. Keep listening to other songs, practicing your songs, and constantly ask for opinions. Good Luck!

This is amazing advice! Thank you, Kayla for joining us on the STACKS! We love you!

— Sonja, STACKS Staffer